This evening Kim and I had the privilege of spending a little time with Sarah Fergus and her ministry partner Talitha, both of whom are heading to Madagascar tomorrow. Well, sort of.
First they will fly from Minneapolis to Atlanta where they'll undergo a little training and deal with some necessary paperwork. Then on Friday, January 11 they will travel from Atlanta to Amsterdam to Nairobi, Kenya where they will undergo some Africa specific training for about three weeks. Finally, they will travel from Kenya to Madagascar where they will spend about 2.5 years serving the Bara people from their base village of Betroka.
As for this evening, we spent a little time visiting with Sarah and her family, as well as Talitha and her family. It was good to get to know them, to talk about this and that, to share some laughs, and to eat together. But then we broke open the Word of God together, focusing mainly on 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. As Kim and I drove away from the house, we spent a little time rejoicing at the great privilege that was ours to be at the table with them, encouraging them in the Lord, and blessing them in prayer. What a glory to Jesus that he would take sinful, broken people like us and not only forgive us, but then also include us in his great global work. Wow, I'm speechless and very grateful to the Lord.
As for this blog post, I will close with the words of 2 Cor 5:14-21:
"For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
"From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."